updated: 16/06/2009

Mission: Impossible: ‘The Heir Apparent’

Cinnamon Carter (Barbara Bain) was the femme fatale and ‘woman in distress’ in the IMF for the first three seasons of the show. In her IMF dossier, she was noted as being a successful model and the dossier scenes showed her featuring on a number of magazine covers; this background also explained her skills with makeup.

Cinnamon was often used to play on the vanities of powerful men to get them to lower their defenses: sometimes playing the role of a beautiful woman on the make to draw the subject in; other times playing a woman in distress to distract someone. As such she was rarely required to adopt elaborate disguises, probably in part because of Barbara Bain’s claustrophobia, but there were a number of episodes where she went more deeply undercover.

In ‘The Heir Apparent’ the Archbishop of Povia must designate a regent to succeed the king who left no heir. General Qaisette plans to seize the throne in a coup if he isn’t named. In a typically complex plan involving a double bluff Cinnamon pretends to be part of a scam in which she impersonates the missing princess Celine. As Celine was blind Cinnamon’s disguise supposedly involved using eyedrops to cause temporary blindness to ensure she could withstand examination.